Events

  1. Week 1

    25 January @ 8:00 am - 29 January @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. Staff Day 1

    25 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  3. Australia Day

    26 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  4. Boarders Return

    27 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  5. Staff Day 2

    27 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT

News

  • SMGS Environment Committee Interviewed by ABC

    In September, members of the SMGS Environment Committee gathered to learn that they had been successful in their application for a grant from theFRRR and ABC Heywire. The student group is one of only 24 from across Australia who will share in over $180,000 of funding that will contribute to engaging youth in their local […]
  • SMGS named as Innovative Schools 2020 winner!

    We are extremely honoured to be named as an Innovative Schools 2020 winner for our work in reimagining our Kindergarten readiness program, Let’s Explore to provide our future learners with a meaningful and memorable transition program despite the current climate around COVID-19. To read The Educator’s media release and to view the full list of […]
  • Registrations now open! – ACER Scholarship Examination – for 2022 Enrolment

    Examinations for Years 7 to 11 Academic Excellence Scholarships will be held at Snowy Mountains Grammar School on the morning of Saturday 27 February 2021.   To learn more about Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s Academic Excellence Scholarships, visit: https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships/   SMGS’ Academic Excellence Scholarships for Years 7-11 2022 enrolment will open in 2021 after the […]
  • We’re Hiring – Multiple Positions

    It’s exciting times at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and there is no better time to join our multi-award-winning team. The following positions have just been advertised: Junior School Education Support Teaching Assistant IT Support Officer Boarding House Supervisor Junior School Music Teacher (Years K-6)

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Around the world with Year 5 and 6

By | November 26th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Yesterday, the Junior School 'Eat Street' was transformed into the “SMGS Geography Expo 2020”. Years 5 and 6 set up displays to showcase their Geography research about countries of the world. Students from Kindergarten to [...]

Book Week 2020 – Curious Creatures, Creative Minds

By | October 20th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Each year since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time, schools celebrate books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom [...]

SMGS Launches Immersive Virtual Kindergarten Transition Program

By | September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

As of Tuesday, 22 September, there are 127 days before the Kindergarten class of 2021 will begin their learning journey at ‘Big School’. For many of our future learners and their families, there are some [...]